MY LIFE IN HEAVY METAL: Stories.

Almond, Steve.

ISBN 10: 0802116302 / ISBN 13: 9780802116307
Published by New York: Grove Press, (2002) dj, 2002
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SIGNED hardcover first edition - First printing. The author's first book, a collection of twelve short stories that "take a clear-eyed view of relationships between young men and women who have come of age in an era without innocence." Stewart O'Nan calls it a "brilliant sexy debut." SIGNED on the title page. 204 pp. Fine in a fine dust jacket (as new.). Bookseller Inventory # 68127

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Title: MY LIFE IN HEAVY METAL: Stories.

Publisher: New York: Grove Press, (2002) dj

Publication Date: 2002

Binding: Hardcover

Dust Jacket Condition: Dust Jacket Included

Signed: Signed by Author(s)

Edition: 1st Edition

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An anthology of short fiction explores the relationships between young men and women in a cynical era.

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In his smart and self-assured debut, My Life in Heavy Metal, Steve Almond breathes fresh life into the oft-explored territory of young love and longing. The 12 stories in this pulsating collection are populated with hookups, drunken kisses, failed passes, and souring relationships. And though it's an aggressively sexual affair (when it comes to getting it on in the bedroom--or on the bathroom sink, for that matter--Almond doesn't believe in fading to black), at its core it's a collection with heart. His characters stumble unrehearsed through the choreography of modern love, wearing their sloppy passions on their rumpled sleeves, aching to connect.

The memorable title story introduces David, an El Paso music critic on the "late-eighties hair bands" circuit who cheats on his longtime college girlfriend with an unassuming YMCA lifeguard. "Because we were a morning paper, I had to bang out my copy by midnight. I operated on a template involving an initial bad pun, a lengthy playlist--adjective, adjective, song title--and a description of the lead singer's hair." Almond hilariously captures the flirty, stylized banter and drinks-after-work breeziness of office life in "Geek Player, Love Slayer." He spins this bittersweet story from a female, first-person perspective as a thirtysomething reporter at an alternative weekly finds an unlikely obsession in the oddly alluring Lance, the paper's overconfident systems administrator ("How did Computer Guy become the Lifeguard of the decade?"). In another standout story, "How to Love a Republican," a doomed cross-party affair plays out against the 2000 presidential election.

Readers should take note of this solid debut and stay on the lookout for more from Almond--he's a sharp and surprisingly sensitive writer with plenty of stories to tell. --Brad Thomas Parsons

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